64 episodes

A podcast where we will discuss the training, teaching, health and education of mixed martial arts. Hosted by Sonny Brown, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, competitor and coach who is also a 3 times Australian MMA Champion. He also runs the Sonny Brown Martial Arts YouTube Channel which breaks down MMA & Grappling competitors matches and careers. The podcast aims to provide insights to anyone looking to learn more about the teaching and training of martial arts.

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    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

A podcast where we will discuss the training, teaching, health and education of mixed martial arts. Hosted by Sonny Brown, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, competitor and coach who is also a 3 times Australian MMA Champion. He also runs the Sonny Brown Martial Arts YouTube Channel which breaks down MMA & Grappling competitors matches and careers. The podcast aims to provide insights to anyone looking to learn more about the teaching and training of martial arts.

    Ecological Approach to MMA Striking with Scott Sievewright

    Ecological Approach to MMA Striking with Scott Sievewright

    In this episode of The Sonny Brown Breakdown, guest Scott Sievewright discusses his ecological approach to coaching martial arts. Sievewright emphasises the importance of live, unscripted sparring from day one to build relationships and develop skills, arguing that traditional techniques taught in isolation do not effectively transfer to real-life fighting situations.
    Sievewright believes his method can produce better, more skilled fighters compared to traditional approaches by developing movement repertoire and qualities through live, games-based play sparring. He highlights the role of sparring in correcting errors and the importance of adaptability and self-organisation in training.
    The conversation covers various themes, including footwork, external focus of attention, situational sparring, the relationship between distance and space in fighting, brain health in combat sports, and the challenges of transitioning from the gym to amateur fighting.
    Sievewright also discusses the importance of prioritising the health and safety of athletes, challenging the use of headgear in training and emphasising the need for fighters to routinely deal with pressure and compete in various events before amateur fights. He stresses the importance of individuality in training and the need for continuous experimentation and adaptation in the context of an ecological approach to coaching martial arts.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Ecological Approach vs Progressive Resistance with Greg Souders & Priit Mihkelson

    Ecological Approach vs Progressive Resistance with Greg Souders & Priit Mihkelson

    I talk to Greg Souders and Priit Mihkelson, two of the most forward-thinking jiu-jitsu coaches today, about their philosophies on training methodology and practice design. Greg advocates for an ecological approach focused on constraints and foundational functions, while Preet comes from a background utilizing progressive resistance. We have an in-depth discussion on motor learning, developing skills, and the merits of different systems like ecological dynamics versus traditional step-by-step technique instruction. They analyze how to best structure training sessions, teach students, and elicit desired skills with games and drilling. A debate between two grappling philosophers on the cutting edge of instruction and understanding what it takes to excel at BJJ.

    • 2 hrs 3 min
    Jiu-Jitsu Games For Teaching Kids & Adults With Kabir Bath

    Jiu-Jitsu Games For Teaching Kids & Adults With Kabir Bath

    I talk to Kabir Bath, A Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Rafael Lovato Jnr, who runs Kaboom Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He runs an excellent kid's program using only constraints based learning games. We discuss how he structures his class and programs for kids, how he does the same for his adult's jiu-jitsu classes, and how it benefits their information retention and learning process.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Teaching Jiu-Jitsu Without Teaching Techniques With Greg Souders

    Teaching Jiu-Jitsu Without Teaching Techniques With Greg Souders

    I talk to Greg Souders, A Jiu-Jitsu black belt who runs his Jiu-Jitsu academy without teaching any techniques. Instead, he uses the ecological approach to skill development which has a substantial body of evidence for its effectiveness when used in motor learning. We discuss the benefits of teaching and learning jiu-jitsu in this manner and focus on how such a style can be implemented effectively.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    BJJ Training Progress, Evolution & Control Points With Chris Paines

    BJJ Training Progress, Evolution & Control Points With Chris Paines

    I talk to Chris Paines, who recently released an instructional titled "How to Defend Against Everyone". We discuss his thoughts on teaching and learning Jiu-Jitsu through the use of heuristics focusing on control points and how that can emphasise defensive principles as well as optimising offence. We also discuss the importance of providing context when communicating the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu to learners and how understanding your body dexterity can improve your grappling game.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    ADCC Training At New Wave Jiu-Jitsu With Luke Martin

    ADCC Training At New Wave Jiu-Jitsu With Luke Martin

    I talk to Luke Martin, a Jiu-Jitsu coach currently preparing his athletes for the ADCC world championships out of the New Wave Jiu-Jitsu camp in Texas with John Danaher, Gordon Ryan, Gary Tonon, Nicholas Meregali and the rest of the New Wave ADCC competitors. In a special emergency broadcast edition of the Sonny Brown Breakdown podcast, he gives us a rare insight into what that experience is like and how John Danaher prepares his athletes for the biggest competition in grappling.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Jedi@Langes ,

My fave podcast!

I am privileged to know and train with Sonny Brown. He is a highly skilled, open-minded and thoughtful MMA titleholder and Jiu Jitsu black belt.

Sonny has attracted a diverse range of guests, not the obvious celebrities (though Lachlan Giles and Craig Jones have been excellent guests), but all of them fascinating and compelling choices.

I am confident this will rapidly become one of the most popular and thought provoking martial arts podcasts in the observable universe.

Pmceye ,

Great MMA, BJJ and martial arts chats

If Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman had a love child with an Aussie accent, it would be Sonny Brown!
Sonny has a interesting and cerebral approach to martial arts training and history.
Very enjoyable chats.

Reaperdude69 ,

Fantastic Podcast

Super entertaining and informative for anyone even vaguely interested in martial arts.

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